The past week was bombarded with such sad, violent stories that people may think that nothing good is happening in Grenada. The person who selected a video of an incident which happened years ago in Grand Anse Valley to circulate last weekend only served to add more confusion and anxiety which we hope was not the intention. We would prefer to believe that it was posted in error when another incident occurred in Richmond Hill, Saint George because they were two different incidents. Investigation showed that the old video was in connection with domestic violence when a son was seeking revenge for his mother. This was even covered in local news back then. It is believed that the chopping in Richmond Hill is related to an issue with two nieces.
Then there was the incident with a mother and her two children on Monday morning which was so badly analysed that it confused even the Police who were told that the mother had held down one of the children in the water until he drowned and was in the process of trying to drown a second child. An eye witness who in fact said in local news that he placed the two children in a vehicle and sent them home, confirmed that there was no child in the water. He explained that he saw the mother pulling the young boy and heard the cries of “help” from the girl who is the older child which caught his attention.
From all appearances, the mother, as revealed by someone who identified herself in local news as a close relative, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally which requires lifelong treatment. This newspaper confirmed that she indeed receives treatment but sometimes can be as normal enough to raise children and even hold down a job. It was also revealed by the relative that the woman started showing signs of a breakdown since last Thursday after the funeral of someone close to her. She said she had stopped eating and speaking and refused to get out of bed. Shouldn’t some kind of intervention be made then in the interest of the young children? The situation festered for a few days until it reached the point where the young girl had to cry out for help. Isn’t the father aware that the mother of his children has a mental condition?
Looking on the brighter side, we heard that the Shakespeare Mas in Carriacou was accepted on the UNESCO platform. This should be a proud moment for every Grenadian even in the diaspora and calls for celebration. But who cares? Or so it seems. The announcement was made on Vibes FM; however there was very little information. The lady responsible for tourism in Carriacou was more focused on the way forward as she looked at boatbuilding and wedding ceremonies peculiar to Petite Martinique being accepted by UNESCO. The Shakespeare Mas being accepted did not even reach mainstream news. This newspaper contacted the Grenada Tourism Authority for information on the issue; we were told “the PR people are not here but I am sure they are working on it. I will give them a nudge.” Up to press time Thursday we received nothing.
Another cause for celebration is the issue of a student from St Andrew’s Anglican School (SAASS) having a place among the six winning entries in the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and Regional Security System-Asset Recovery Unit (RSS-ARU) 2021 Creative Youth Competition. A total of 96 students from five ECCB member countries participated in two age categories: 13 to16 and 17 to 19 years. The Form Four SAASS student placed third in the 13 to 16 category with her creation on The Rise of Domestic and Social Ills in the Face of COVID-19.The Grenadian Voice joins the Principal and the rest of the school in congratulating Leeya Alexander on her accomplishment. Reports are that the head judge of the 13 to16 category, said the level of art produced by this age group “was very impressive. The pieces reflected a lot of thought, research and talent.” The Creative Youth Competition, which began in 2018, is part of the ECCB’s Community Outreach Programme that encourages critical and innovative thinking. It aims to raise awareness about economic and social development issues among secondary school and community college students.
This week it is our hope that having read our editorial, people will realise that we really do not need more stress than COVID has brought on. Let’s avoid sensationalizing issues which can only bring on anxiety. We need to look on the brighter side as life goes on.